ByMark Newton, writer at
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Mark Newton

Have you ever liked a movie so much it made you want to stand up and continually slap your hands together? Well, that's what happened to an audience at a recent advanced screening of Despicable Me 2. Following the movie, the crowd gave a standing ovation that lasted for several minutes.

The film was previewed at the Annecy Animation Festival in France on Wednesday. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the audience were 'palpably delighted' throughout the entire film, even going so far as to sing along with songs during the credits.

Illumination Entertainment president Chris Meledandri, producer Janet Healy and co-directors and were there to witness the triumphant moment. It was the first time the creators had seen the movie with a public audience.

The film, which acts as a sequel to 2010's Despicable Me, was introduced by Meledandri before the showing. He said:

I want to thank you and Annecy for having us at your tremendous festival. There is no place in the world where animation is loved as much as right here in this theater.

He went on to thank the National Cinema Center and Film France for their support, adding:

For me, it is an honor to have produced the film in France.

Want to recreate a similar scene in the US? Well, you'll be able to celebrate the movie AND gaining independence at the same time, since Despicable Me 2 hits theaters on the Fourth of July weekend.

What do you think? Has this news given made you even more excited for Despicable Me 2? Let us know below.


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